Film Festival Synopsis

A Farmer’s Road tells the story of how two PhD soil scientists traded the security of academic tenure at a world-renowned research university for the relentless challenges and economic uncertainty of operating a Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery in central Illinois. Using milk from their herd of Nubian and LaMancha goats, Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell produce artisan goat milk cheeses, gelato, and cajeta, which are showcased during elaborate bi-weekly slow food dinners on the farm. The film follows them over a four-year period capturing the transformation of a previously cash grain landscape into diversified perennial crops and livestock while they strive to embody the core principles of sustainability – environmental stewardship, economic viability, and social responsibility. As they engage with the community at farmers’ markets, on-site dinners and breakfasts, and agricultural assemblies, their mission to educate the public about the benefits of locally-sourced small-farm products is literally changing the American food system one meal at a time.

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